Arsenal are apparently about to pull the wool over the eyes of Manchester United in the pursuit of Vfl Bochum star Leon Goretzka.
The 18-year-old has had a superb season in the second tier of German football with four goals and five assists, which has seen comparisons coming up all over Germany with greats like Michael Ballack and contemporaries like Mario Gotze.
“I have never seen an 18-year-old who has so much class and desire. The boy will find his way into the world’s best,” said Bochum manager Walter Schneck.
Goretzka is well worth a gamble for the Gunners at £3 million if they can get him tied up on a deal before any of the other big sides interested can react.
Their biggest challenge to sign him will come from Borussia Monchengladbach who are thought to be keen on adding the starlet to their youth system.
The obvious advantage they have over the Gunners is the fact that they would offer him the chance to stay in Germany, which could be more appealing to someone at such a young age.
They also have to tackle the issue that he’s only ever played for his two home town clubs and loyalty could be very high on his agenda.
However, Bochum are a lower half of the table side in Germany’s second division, which means Goretzka may have no choice other than to leave if he wants to play at a higher standard of football.
He’s been well recognised at international level already having represented Germany all the way up to Under-19 level, which should ease any concerns Arsene Wenger has over his ability to cope with a higher standard of football in London.
Wenger has a very good history when it comes to taking younger players, nurturing them and turning them into superstars for the club, which Goretzka could find very appealing.
Arsenal also play a very pure form of football, which will also appeal to Goretzka because along with a higher standard of coaching, technically that has the ability to make him a better and higher quality all round player.
The comparisons to Goetze stem from the fact he was awarded the under-17 Fritz Walter Medal in Gold, which is an acknowledgement of talent in German football.
He has the potential to turn into a superstar midfielder but he has to make the right career choice and the chance to work with Wenger at Arsenal may be something he can’t turn down.
If the Gunners pull it off then £3 million could look very cheap in a few years time, when he breaks into the first team but the job at the moment is just getting him signed up with United and several other top European clubs lurking.
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